Generation Rwanda

Providing funding, supplemental skills training, and support to Rwanda’s brightest secondary education graduates who cannot afford university.
Implementer: 
Generation Rwanda
Implementer Status: 
Year launched: 
2004
Operational status: 
Education level (ISCED): 
Total number of learners served: 
114
Female: 
54%
Male: 
46%

Location Data

Launch country:

 
City: 
Kigali, Butare
Geography type: 
Program Description: 

Generation Rwanda was started in order to provide low-income students in Rwanda with a viable path to higher education. Currently funding 114 students, about 30 accepted per year, the model has made it possible for its beneficiaries to attend the university and obtain the degree of their choice within Rwanda. Funded largely by individual donors, the model has become well known throughout the country, receiving over 4,000 applications in 2012.

The selection process is thorough; candidates begin with a paper application where they provide their academic history, a short essay, and a certificate of economic vulnerability. After review of these applications, the top 25% of applicants move on to a day of testing which assesses their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Finalists are then selected for group and individual interviews, where their personal motivation and level of economic need are further evaluated. Over time, Generation Rwanda has adapted both its selection process and its services to best suit the needs of its students. Cognizant that quality English or French instruction is not available to all in Rwanda, assessments were adjusted to include language-independent and Kinyarwanda tests.

Recognizing the many challenges its beneficiaries face once in school, Generation Rwanda has also expanded to provide additional services: students have the opportunity to attend intensive English language training, as well as training sessions on critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and basic health. Mental health support is also made available. These supplemental services have contributed to Generation Rwanda students’ graduation rate of 98%. Looking into the future, Generation Rwanda hopes to reach out to a larger number of students and reinvent higher education delivery within Rwanda. Its 2013 class will attend a new university model, which will pair online courses from top United States universities with in-person instruction at a new campus in Rwanda.